anonymous asked:

do you have a queer reading list? or just some queer books/plays/etc that you'd recommend? (love the blog by the way 😊)


Fiction: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, Peter Darling by Austin Chant, Maurice by E. M. Forster, The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood, The Charioteer & The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault, Tipping the Velvet & Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Poetry: Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson, When My Brother Was An Aztec by Natalie Diaz, Meditations in an Emergency by Frank O'Hara, Crush by Richard Siken, Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong, anything by Federico García Lorca, and this free collection at https://gumroad.com/l/rILws by Esdras Parra, trans. Jamie Berrout

Plays: The Captive by Édouard Bourdet, Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey, Angels in America by Tony Kushner, Edward II by Christopher Marlowe, and anything by Jean Cocteau or Tennessee Williams

Non-fiction: Auden in Love by Dorothy Farnan, Transgender Warriors by Leslie Feinberg, Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges, The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, Gender Failure by Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote, and any collection of letters between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West

How many have you read?

The BBC estimates that most people will only read 6 books out of the 100 listed below. Reblog this and bold the titles you’ve read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkein
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffeneger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

If you asked me now who I am, the only answer I could give with any certainty would be my name. For the rest: my loves, my hates, down even to my deepest desires, I can no longer say whether these emotions are my own, or stolen from those I once so desperately wished to be.
—  Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

brideshead  asked:

🎶 Pidgance

This time we got a great song right off the bat!

“Bluebird” by Paul McCartney & Wings

“You know what I’m gonna do right now, pidgeon?” Lance said, leaning forward and waggling his eyebrows as Pidge looked up from her computer, eyebrow arched.

“What are you going to do?” She asked, before shaking her head slightly. “Because you know I don’t like you calling me pigeon.”

Lance just smirked. “I know. But what I’m gonna do is this..” he leaned forward, giving her a quick peck on the lips.

Pidge blushed. “That’s it?”

“I touched your lips with a magic kiss!” Lance cheerfully replied, before ruffling Pidge’s long, wavy hair. “My favorite little bluebird!”

Pidge huffed, rolling her eyes, but still smiling. “I still don’t know why you keep calling me bird nicknames.”

Lance shrugged. “I don’t know, I guess they just suit you.”

The sharp sound of a whistle suddenly cut through the quiet of the room, causing Lance’s eyes to widen.

“Shit! The rice!” He barked, spinning on his heels and darting out of the room and back towards the kitchen, leaving Pidge a giggling wreck.

Oxford in those days, was still a city of aquatint. In her spacious and quiet streets men walked and spoke as they had done in Newman’s day; her autumnal mists, her grey springtime, and the rare glory of her summer days - such as that day - when the chestnut was in flower and the bells rang out high and clear over her gables and cupolas, exhaled the soft airs of centuries of youth. It was this cloistral hush which gave our laughter its resonance, and carried it still, joyously, over the intervening clamour.
                                          -Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

Oxford, May 1st 2017, 7am.

brideshead  asked:

When did you know you were called to the priesthood? :)

Well I first began to hear a vocation in my sophomore year of college, six and a half years ago (yikes). The discernment process continued and I entered seminary, and I just continued to receive confirmations in various ways. Lamentably, one never really “knows” if you are called to the priesthood. You have to trust in God and that He is leading you where He wills, and pray that you are open to hearing and doing His will. It may sound very touch-and-go, but that’s how trust works sometimes. It’s hard, but your faith in God has to be stronger than your faith in yourself to screw things up.